Friday, May 22, 2015

The Marwari Bride

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Jewellery- Tanishq Indian Wedding collection, Outfit- Anita Dongre

Lovingly addressed as Bindini by her in-laws, the Marwari bride is a sight of pure beauty and elevated elegance. The Marwari wedding that stretches over 5 days has the bride going from one vivid attire to another. Every occasion has a significant reason attached to it given which the bride is expected to dress as per tradition.  Be it the auspicious ‘Haldi’ ceremony, the inevitable ‘Mehendi’ ceremony or the extravagant ‘Mehfil ‘ sangeet, the bride is a stunning sight all throughout.  The opulent Marwari wedding is further enhanced by the gorgeous bride making it a celebration worth remembering.

During the first 3 days, she may make you believe that she cannot look any better but wait until you finally see her on the wedding day. Dressed in a lehenga-choli in hues of red, pink, orange and yellow, with a chunni covering her head, she can brighten up the room with her vivaciousness. With the lehenga is laden with gorgeous gold embroidery and some traditional gota patti work.She also has to wear a Mama chundri  during her pheras which is given to her specifically for this ritual by her maternal uncle. Her jewellery is just as opulent as her outfit including the traditional Chuda, which is a set of red and white bangles worn especially for the wedding. The bichiya (toe ring),  borla (head gear),  nath (nose ring) and payal (anklet) are considered to be synonymous with a married  Marwari woman and are forever remembered as precious treasures by the bride herself.

She is also seen wearing gorgeous Jadau jewellery on her wedding day. Rajasthan is known for its handcrafted jewellery with meenakari work on the back side of the pieces. Layered neckpieces, exaggerated earrings, rings and a lot of bangles, complete the wedding look. The bride also wears a piece to take forth the heritage of her family, something that has been passed on from her grandmother to her mother and now to her. It’s usually a precious piece of jewellery in the form of a haath phool, a jadau bangle or a raani haar.  All in all, just like any other bride, she is all set to walk into her new phase of life with sheer elegance and lots of love. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Summer Matte

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Cropped top- Zara, Necklace- Global Desi, Pants- Zara, Shoes- Steve Madden, Sunglasses- RayBan, On my lips- L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Mat in Cherry Crush| Location- JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai, Sahar

The Cannes Film festival is always the talk of the town when it comes to fashion and beauty looks. The new Cannes collection by L'Oreal Paris is definitely living up to the hype. While the reactions to the outfits of their ambassadors is always a mixed bag, this stunning collection has been a big hit! Their global stars have been seen flaunting it throughout the festival and the L'Oreal Paris team was kind enough to send some of the products for me to try out and experiment with! The collection includes the L'Oreal Extraordinaire liquid lipsticks, the Color Riche Swarovski limited edition Moist Mat lipsticks accompanied by 3 ethereal blue Super Liner 36H Gel Intenza & 2 other classic shades. Keeping the collection in mind, the theme they are promoting is Gloss v/s Matte, letting you pick your favourite side.

The Color Riche L'Extraordinaire comes in 13 gorgeous shades and is super light weight with a glossy finish. Unlike other glossy formulas, this one is made to not only stay on for longer but it also looks just as glossy throughout too! But me being a matte lover, I am completely smitten by their Color Riche Moist Mat lip colours that are pure pigments which deliver intense colour that is hydrating and lasts upto 6 hours! It includes 12 colours with something for everyone. I am absolutely digging the  limited edition Swarovski rose gold packaging and the shade Cherry Crush is one of my favourites! The collection also includes 5 shades of their Super Liner 36H Gel liners in three shades of blue, the classic black & a subtle chic brown. I've been using their black gel liner for years now but I was quite excited to try out the Sapphire blue one. The quality is just as good and the liner stayed in place for the entire day.

For this look I used the almost black, deep sapphire blue gel liner and the lipstick in Cherry Crush. I love the combination of the two colours and it suited my outfit rather perfectly. Embracing the shades of summer, I went for a simple white and rust look. The palazzo pants are extremely trendy given the influence of 70's fashion and the flowy silhouette is ideal for summer. I have been loving silver jewellery so I accessorized this look with a layered silver necklace with hints of turquoise and a silver rings. I am definitely a matte girl because I like my make up to be fuss free and simple. What do you guys think of this look? Also if you're intrigued, visit a L'Oreal Paris counter near you to swatch the gorgeous shade and if you can, do pick up the Cherry Crush lipstick!Also a special thanks to JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai, Sahar for letting us use this stunning location!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

3 Fluid Summer Looks

We are super excited to finally announce our collaboration with Liva! I have spoken about Liva before in the launch post but it's a new fabric that is all set to take the fashion world by storm with it's fluidity, versatility & comfort-ability. This is our first of the many videos to come for this collaboration, where I am showing my go-to looks this summer! Hope you enjoy watching the video as much a we enjoyed making it. 

(Shot & Edited by Smaran Sahu)

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